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Quickie Lawn Care

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Sure, months of devoted lawn care can give you a great lawn. But even if you only have a few hours, you can still get your lawn looking pretty terrific. Here are a few lawn maintenance short cuts to help you make it happen.

If you have the time to fertilize, pull weeds, and carefully trim and groom your yard, good for you. But if the time for such devoted lawn maintenance is over and you need a decent-looking lawn in a hurry, here's what you do.

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Step #1 -- Water

A good deep watering a couple of times a week is an essential part of good lawn maintenance, but in a hurry, nothing gives your lawn a good green color like a splash of sprinkler. If you're having a party and you want your lawn to look great even if close inspection might reveal otherwise, water it both the morning before the party and lightly the morning of the party. That way it has plenty of time to dry before guests arrive, and you've given your lawn two good shots at greening up.

Step #2 -- Mow

Forget about pulling all the clover or dealing with all that crabgrass before mowing. On the afternoon of the day before your party (afternoon so that your morning watering has time to dry out) give the lawn a nice mowing, weeds and all. As long as it's green and groomed, no one will really notice the slight differences in texture. While there may be a few more stray clippings and a little more stress than you might want, mowing it the day of the party will give your yard that great fresh-mown smell.

You'll be surprised at how nicely your yard cleans up with a little last minute lawn care.

About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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